2015 Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1349446 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Moving to the Bordeaux releases, the 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet that spent 20 months in 80% new French oak. Deep purple color and loaded with textbook Howell Mountain blue fruits, graphite, and crushed rock, it’s full-bodied, impeccably balanced, and has fine, polished tannin. It’s a complex, complete Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the coming 20 years or so.  (12/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon gives up notions of cassis, blackberries, black cherries and plums with touches of pepper, aniseed, sage and tilled soil plus a hint of cedar chest. Medium to full-bodied, taut and firmly structured, it has a lively backbone lifting the muscular fruit, finishing on a savory/mineral note. (LPB)  (12/2017)

94 points Vinous

 Outpost's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. Aromatically intense and penetrating, the 2015 is endowed with tremendous fruit density and structure. All of the natural richness of the year comes through in bold, racy, cherry jam, espresso, chocolate and licorice flavors. Everything falls into place in an ample, large-scaled Cabernet that captures the essence of the Outpost house style under the direction of proprietor Frank Dotzler and winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. (AG)  (3/2018)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.